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American Journal of Bioethics.

Positive Public Health Ethics: Toward Flourishing and Resilient Communities and Individuals

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global contagion of unprecedented proportions and health, economic, and social consequences. As with many health problems, its impact is uneven. This article argues the COVID-19 pandemic is a global health injustice due to moral failures of national governments and international organizations to prepare for, prevent and control it. Global and national health communities had a moral obligation to act in accordance with the current state of knowledge of pandemic preparedness. This obligation—a positive duty to develop and implement systems to reduce threats to and safeguard individuals’ and, communities’ abilities to flourish—stems from theories of global health justice and governance. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed and amplified the fragility and deficiencies in our global and domestic health institutions and systems. Moving forward, positive public health ethics is needed to set ethical standards for building and operating robust public health systems for resilient individuals and communities.

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Volume 20, Issue 7
July 2020

Target Articles.

Ethical Challenges Arising in the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Overview from the Association of Bioethics Program Directors (ABPD) Task Force Amy L. McGuire, Mark P. Aulisio, F. Daniel Davis, Cheryl Erwin, Thomas D. Harter, Reshma Jagsi, Robert Klitzman, Robert Macauley, Eric Racine, Susan M. Wolf, Matthew Wynia, Paul Root Wolpe & The COVID-19 Task Force of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors (ABPD)
Eliminating Categorical Exclusion Criteria in Crisis Standards of Care Frameworks Catherine L. Auriemma, Ashli M. Molinero, Amy J. Houtrow, Govind Persad, Douglas B. White & Scott D. Halpern
Should Extremely Premature Babies Get Ventilators During the COVID-19 Crisis? Marlyse F. Haward, Annie Janvier, Gregory P. Moore, Naomi Laventhal, Jessica T. Fry & John Lantos
COVID in NYC: What We Could Do Better Tia Powell & Elizabeth Chuang
Ethics Lessons From Seattle’s Early Experience With COVID-19 Denise M. Dudzinski, Benjamin Y. Hoisington & Crystal E. Brown